Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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Political rookie BJ Cook's drive to become an independent candidate in the 10th Senate District recall election was short lived but what he stands for may live on. Cook, 29, a city of River Falls resident, claims to represent the middle ground, compromise, common sense and the interests of the average person. "I'm tired of the polarization of both Democrats and Republicans," he said.
Eighty-one-year-old Calvin Jennings survived two days in the woods trapped in his skid loader before being extricated by River Falls ambulance and fire workers late Wednesday morning, July 20. The incident took place on Jennnings farm on County Road F four miles west of River Falls. Jennings was found by a hired hand who had come to help with chores.
When a River Falls police officer pulls you over for one thing, it can lead to something else. A 24-year-old Plum City woman allegedly made an illegal U-turn downtown at Main and Walnut streets at 2 a.m. Saturday. When questioned about the U-turn, an officer smelled alcohol coming from her car. The woman ended up with two fines totaling more than $800 - for the illegal turn and for drunk driving. At 1:20 a.m.
Police officers more than earned their pay this past week, topped off by plenty of weekend antics related to people celebrating River Falls Days. On Saturday morning a young man fled after being kicked out of a house party on West Park Street. At the party he'd taken a picture of two women kissing. After being kicked out on the street, he screamed homophobic slurs and pulled down his pants, allegedly exposing himself. The suspect, described as white, in his 20s, bald, wearing a blue shirt and plaid shorts, ran away through back yards before officers arrived.
Patrick Sobota, 56, of rural Wilson died Tuesday from injuries suffered in an ATV crash. The St. Croix County Sheriff's Department received a missing persons report in the town of Cady at around 7:50 a.m. Tuesday, July 5. Initial information indicated that a man left the American Legion in Wilson at approximately 8:30 p.m. Monday evening, July 4, on a Polaris 500 X2 four-wheeler and did not arrive home. There was no contact with the individual since that time. Deputies responded to the area and assisted family and friends with an extensive ground search of the area.
Paul Tiger and Kim Rogers, W12019 742 Ave. (Gateway Valley development) went before the Clifton Town Board Tuesday night, July 5, to complain that their hand-planted native prairie grasses and flowers in the ditch by their home had been mowed to the ground. Tiger and Rogers said they planted the grasses and flower to prevent erosion. They also claimed the plants keep the soil in their ditch and culvert from washing out. Town Board Supervisor Greg Eggers said Clifton contracts to mow ditches 33 feet from the center of the road. "It's a town road," Eggers said. "It has to be maintained.
River Falls police cited three young men for their alleged roles in a large-scale scuffle at Ramer Field on the UW-River Falls campus last Friday, July 1, around 3 a.m. The men were part of two groups who were leaving Main Street bars and arguing. The groups agreed to meet at Ramer and duke it out. The results were some minor injuries - cuts and bruises, a swollen eye. Some of the men fled as city and campus police officers converged on the fighters. Three men in their early 20s, one from River Falls and two from Hudson, were cited for disorderly conduct.
A young man, perhaps a teenager, comes to the door. He says he's selling magazines to earn money for a trip to Mexico. The woman in the house says no, she's not buying anything. The older teenager -- described by police as a white male, dark hair, olive complexion, possibly drunk or high, with bad B.O. -- then asks repeatedly if he can use the woman's bathroom. She says no and won't allow him in the house.
A 26-year-old River Falls man accused of fatally shooting his friend late Monday night, June 27, has paid $10,000 cash bail and was released from St. Croix County Jail in Hudson Thursday afternoon, June 30. Anthony P. Velure has been charged by the district attorney with first-degree reckless homicide, a felony punishable by up to 60 years in prison. Velure allegedly shot his buddy, Joshua R. Kurer, 24, 1473 Riverside Drive #202, at his apartment. Velure is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing in St. Croix County Circuit Court at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12.
The night of Monday, June 27, in a special meeting, the school board approved the last of the district's employee collective bargaining agreements for the next school year. According to Personnel Director Donna Hill, the new bus drivers' contract follows the provisions of other school district contracts.